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Debating the Future of U.S. Climate Policy

Jesse Jenkins is reporting for the Energy Collective from the Energy Innovation 2013 conference in Washington D.C. Check the @EnergyCollectiv timeline or hashtag #EI13 for live tweets and view more from the...

Posted January 31, 2013    

Scaling Solar and Wind: A Hard Look At Energy Innovation Priorities

Despite recent explosive growth rates, the wind and solar power industries must overcome key innovation challenges before they can contribute a substantial share of national or global energy supplies, a panel of leading technology experts said today...

Posted January 30, 2013    

A Look Ahead at Energy Policy and Politics in the 113th Congress

After a heated election that featured prominent fights over the direction of United States energy policy, a free TheEnergyCollective.com webinar on Wednesday, January 9th (12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific), will take a look ahead at energy policy and...

Posted January 4, 2013    

Which Nations Have Reduced Carbon Intensity the Fastest?

IntroductionDriving down global emissions of climate destabilizing carbon dioxide by at least 50 percent by 2050 may be necessary to avoid the most dangerous impacts of global climate change (IEA 2010). To achieve these deep emissions declines while...

Posted April 4, 2012    

Green Groups Embrace Climate Pragmatism

Leading green groups, including the National Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club, are embracing a pragmatic approach to advance climate mitigation efforts by refocusing public outreach efforts around the near-term health benefits associated...

Posted March 23, 2012    

Will Cheap Energy Storage Come to Coal and Nuclear's Rescue?

Everyone knows that the development of low-cost, large-scale electricity storage technologies will be critical to the future of wind and solar energy--or at least everyone who reads The Energy Collective knows that! The ability to cheaply...

Posted March 22, 2012    

Is Water a Barrier to a Low-Carbon Energy Future?

Ask an expert on clean tech what the largest barriers to a low carbon energy future are, and chances are they will list higher technology costs, policy barriers, or the need for new infrastructure to accommodate novel energy sources.But according to...

Posted March 19, 2012    

The Future of Global Climate Policy: Clean Energy Innovation Imperative

It is time to take stock of our current climate trajectory, and consider what it means for climate policy. In Part 1 of this week long series, we argued that our current climate trajectory means we must 1) redouble efforts to reduce CO2 emissions as...

Posted January 25, 2012    

Avoiding a Natural Gas Bridge to Nowhere

Just as the history of unconventional natural gas production in America was fundamentally shaped by government support for new technology development, so too will the future of natural gas depend on America's willingness to make long-term public...

Posted January 20, 2012    

MIT Study: Rebound Effects Erode Auto Efficiency Gains

Automotive engines steadily improved in efficiency by roughly 60 percent from 1980 to 2006, according to a new study by MIT economist Christopher Knittel. That means we could already be driving cars that get an average of 37 miles per gallon (MPG...

Posted January 10, 2012    

2012 Budget Increases Nuclear Energy Research Funding

Before adjourning to watch yule logs and eat holiday hams, Congress actually managed to pass a 2012 budget bill. ITIF's Matthew Stepp provided us with an early analysis of the bill's impact on energy innovation funding. Funding for key Department of...

Posted January 6, 2012    

New Air Pollution Rules Could Reduce US Electric-Sector CO2 Emissions By More Than 4 Percent

Also by Alex Trembath. Two new federal air pollution regulations are expected to spur the closure of up to 67 aging, inefficient, coal-fired power plants, reducing both harmful air pollutants and emissions of the climate destabilizing greenhouse gas...

Posted January 4, 2012